2022 Best Schools for the Money (With Aid) in Missouri

54 Colleges
$9,740 Avg Net Price (With Aid)*
35% Discount Rate*

When pursuing a degree in today's world, there are many different options to choose from. College Factual was founded, in part, to help students make the decision as to what would be the best school for them. Our Best Colleges for the Money (With Aid) in Missouri ranking is part of that endeavor. A school that typically has a high sticker price may actually be very affordable, depending on how much need-based financial aid you receive.

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Finding Your Best College Match

We analyzed 54 schools across Missouri to determine which have the best value programs. Instead of depending on subjective information to rank the best value schools, we focus on objective factors in our analysis. We explain more about what we look at and why we do so below.

Our Methodology

To calculate the value of a school in our Best Colleges for the Money (With Aid) in Missouri ranking, we first consider its average net price, which is the sum of room and board, tuition, and fees minus any financial aid that that the student receives. But, a school that excels in providing value for your money must also be a great school overall as well.

To account for this we include a college's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a collection of different factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

We go into more detail on these factors on our best value ranking methodology page.

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If you know what major you want to study, check out our list of the best value schools by major. If you're interested in other degree levels, you can view one of the lists below.

Best Value Schools (With Aid) in Missouri

Learn more about these excellent schools below:

#1

St Charles Community College

Cottleville, Missouri

St Charles Community College tops this year’s ranking as the best value (with aid) school in Missouri for overall quality. SCC is a public institution located in Cottleville, Missouri.

St Charles Community College has the honor of being ranked #22 in Missouri for overall quality on top of being a good value. The average net price of the school for those who receive financial aid is about $3,649 a year.

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Out of the 54 schools in Missouri that were part of this year’s ranking, State Technical College of Missouri landed the #2 spot on the list. This small public school is located in Linn, Missouri.

State Technical College of Missouri has the honor of being ranked #9 in Missouri for overall quality on top of being a good value. The average net price of the school for those who receive financial aid is about $7,218 a year.

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#3

Saint Louis Community College

Saint Louis, Missouri

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Saint Louis Community College. It ranked #3 on our 2022 Best Colleges for the Money (With Aid) in Missouri list. Saint Louis Community College is located in Saint Louis, Missouri and has a fairly large student population. It is a public school.

In addition to being included on this ranking as a good value, Saint Louis Community College is ranked #12 for quality in the state of Missouri. The average net price of the school for those who receive financial aid is about $7,115 a year.

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The quality degree programs at Metropolitan Community College - Kansas City helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of Best Colleges for the Money (With Aid) in Missouri. This fairly large public school is located in Kansas City, Missouri.

Not only is Metropolitan Community College - Kansas City a great value, but it is also ranked #14 in Missouri for overall quality. The average net price of the school for those who receive financial aid is about $7,170 a year.

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Out of the 54 schools in Missouri that were part of this year’s ranking, Missouri University of Science and Technology landed the #5 spot on the list. Missouri University of Science and Technology is located in Rolla, Missouri and has a medium-sized student population. It is a public school.

In addition to being included on this ranking as a good value, Missouri University of Science and Technology is ranked #3 for quality in the state of Missouri. The average net price of the school for those who receive financial aid is about $13,476 a year.

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#6

Truman State University

Kirksville, Missouri

Truman State University did quite well in the 2022 Best Colleges for the Money (With Aid) in Missouri ranking, coming in at #6. Truman State University is a small public school located in Kirksville, Missouri.

Truman State University has the honor of being ranked #5 in Missouri for overall quality on top of being a good value. For those students who receive financial aid, the yearly average net price of the school is around $12,621.

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#7

Crowder College

Neosho, Missouri

Crowder College ranked #7 on this year’s Best Colleges for the Money (With Aid) in Missouri list. Located in Neosho, Missouri, the school is a small public institution.

In addition to being included on this ranking as a good value, Crowder College is ranked #45 for quality in the state of Missouri. The average net price of the school for those who receive financial aid is about $4,695 a year.

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#8

Ozarks Technical Community College

Springfield, Missouri

Ozarks Technical Community College did quite well in the 2022 Best Colleges for the Money (With Aid) in Missouri ranking, coming in at #8. This fairly large public school is located in Springfield, Missouri.

In addition to being included on this ranking as a good value, Ozarks Technical Community College is ranked #37 for quality in the state of Missouri. The average net price of the school for those who receive financial aid is about $5,938 a year.

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#9

Moberly Area Community College

Moberly, Missouri

Moberly Area Community College came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money (With Aid) in Missouri ranking. MACC is a public institution located in Moberly, Missouri.

Not only is Moberly Area Community College a great value, but it is also ranked #30 in Missouri for overall quality. For those students who receive financial aid, the yearly average net price of the school is around $6,743.

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#10

State Fair Community College

Sedalia, Missouri

State Fair Community College came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money (With Aid) in Missouri ranking. Sedalia, Missouri is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. It is a public school.

State Fair Community College has the honor of being ranked #39 in Missouri for overall quality on top of being a good value. For those students who receive financial aid, the yearly average net price of the school is around $6,343.

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#11

University of Missouri - St Louis

Saint Louis, Missouri

With a ranking of #11, University of Missouri - St Louis did quite well on the 2022 Best Colleges for the Money (With Aid) in Missouri list. UMSL is a public institution located in Saint Louis, Missouri.

Not only is University of Missouri - St Louis a great value, but it is also ranked #19 in Missouri for overall quality. The average net price of the school for those who receive financial aid is about $10,039 a year.

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#12

Jefferson College

Hillsboro, Missouri

Jefferson College ranked #12 on this year’s Best Colleges for the Money (With Aid) in Missouri list. JeffCo is located in Hillsboro, Missouri and has a small student population. It is a public school.

In addition to being included on this ranking as a good value, Jefferson College is ranked #38 for quality in the state of Missouri. The average net price of the school for those who receive financial aid is about $7,495 a year.

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#13

Ranken Technical College

Saint Louis, Missouri

Ranken Technical College came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money (With Aid) in Missouri ranking. Saint Louis, Missouri is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. It is a private not-for-profit school.

In addition to being included on this ranking as a good value, Ranken Technical College is ranked #2 for quality in the state of Missouri. The average net price of the school for those who receive financial aid is about $15,803 a year.

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#14

University of Missouri - Columbia

Columbia, Missouri

University of Missouri - Columbia ranked #14 on this year’s Best Colleges for the Money (With Aid) in Missouri list. Mizzou is located in Columbia, Missouri and has a large student population. It is a public school.

In addition to being included on this ranking as a good value, University of Missouri - Columbia is ranked #4 for quality in the state of Missouri. The average net price of the school for those who receive financial aid is about $16,930 a year.

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Missouri Southern State University did quite well in the 2022 Best Colleges for the Money (With Aid) in Missouri ranking, coming in at #15. Located in Joplin, Missouri, the school is a medium-sized public institution.

Not only is Missouri Southern State University a great value, but it is also ranked #35 in Missouri for overall quality. The average net price of the school for those who receive financial aid is about $9,519 a year.

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#16

East Central College

Union, Missouri

East Central College landed the #16 spot on the 2022 Best Colleges for the Money (With Aid) in Missouri ranking. Located in Union, Missouri, the school is a small public institution.

Not only is East Central College a great value, but it is also ranked #49 in Missouri for overall quality. The average net price of the school for those who receive financial aid is about $7,601 a year.

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#17

Three Rivers College

Poplar Bluff, Missouri

With a ranking of #17, Three Rivers College did quite well on the 2022 Best Colleges for the Money (With Aid) in Missouri list. Three Rivers College is a public institution located in Poplar Bluff, Missouri.

Three Rivers College has the honor of being ranked #48 in Missouri for overall quality on top of being a good value. The average net price of the school for those who receive financial aid is about $8,569 a year.

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#18

Mineral Area College

Park Hills, Missouri

Mineral Area College landed the #18 spot on the 2022 Best Colleges for the Money (With Aid) in Missouri ranking. Park Hills, Missouri is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. It is a public school.

In addition to being included on this ranking as a good value, Mineral Area College is ranked #47 for quality in the state of Missouri. The average net price of the school for those who receive financial aid is about $8,904 a year.

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#19

North Central Missouri College

Trenton, Missouri

North Central Missouri College did quite well in the 2022 Best Colleges for the Money (With Aid) in Missouri ranking, coming in at #19. NCMC is a small public school situated in Trenton, Missouri.

Not only is North Central Missouri College a great value, but it is also ranked #46 in Missouri for overall quality. The average net price of the school for those who receive financial aid is about $9,076 a year.

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#20

Northwest Missouri State University

Maryville, Missouri

Northwest Missouri State University came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money (With Aid) in Missouri ranking. Northwest Missouri State University is a medium-sized public school located in Maryville, Missouri.

In addition to being included on this ranking as a good value, Northwest Missouri State University is ranked #23 for quality in the state of Missouri. For those students who receive financial aid, the yearly average net price of the school is around $13,375.

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#21

Missouri Western State University

Saint Joseph, Missouri

Missouri Western State University came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money (With Aid) in Missouri ranking. Missouri Western is a public institution located in Saint Joseph, Missouri.

Not only is Missouri Western State University a great value, but it is also ranked #41 in Missouri for overall quality. The average net price of the school for those who receive financial aid is about $10,440 a year.

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#22

Missouri State University - West Plains

West Plains, Missouri

Missouri State University - West Plains landed the #22 spot on the 2022 Best Colleges for the Money (With Aid) in Missouri ranking. Located in West Plains, Missouri, the school is a small public institution.

In addition to being included on this ranking as a good value, Missouri State University - West Plains is ranked #51 for quality in the state of Missouri. The average net price of the school for those who receive financial aid is about $8,100 a year.

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#23

University of Central Missouri

Warrensburg, Missouri

University of Central Missouri landed the #23 spot on the 2022 Best Colleges for the Money (With Aid) in Missouri ranking. This medium-sized public school is located in Warrensburg, Missouri.

Not only is University of Central Missouri a great value, but it is also ranked #27 in Missouri for overall quality. The average net price of the school for those who receive financial aid is about $13,394 a year.

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#24

Park University

Parkville, Missouri

With a ranking of #24, Park University did quite well on the 2022 Best Colleges for the Money (With Aid) in Missouri list. Located in Parkville, Missouri, the school is a fairly large private not-for-profit institution.

Park University has the honor of being ranked #17 in Missouri for overall quality on top of being a good value. The average net price of the school for those who receive financial aid is about $15,470 a year.

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#25

Southeast Missouri State University

Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Southeast Missouri State University came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money (With Aid) in Missouri ranking. Southeast Missouri State University is located in Cape Girardeau, Missouri and has a fairly large student population. It is a public school.

Not only is Southeast Missouri State University a great value, but it is also ranked #25 in Missouri for overall quality. The average net price of the school for those who receive financial aid is about $13,815 a year.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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